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MSU Denver

ATTN: Athletic Training Majors

Athletic Training Program NOT Accepting New Undergraduate Students

The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) mandates that “CAATE accredited professional athletic training programs must result in the granting of a master’s degree in Athletic Training” with the requirement that institutions cannot enroll an undergraduate cohort after fall 2022.  With this being said, and with the COVID-19 pandemic, the MSU Denver Athletic Training Program has made the difficult decision to not accept new undergraduate athletic training students.

The Athletic Training faculty are working diligently to create a rigorous academic program that will prepare students for graduate studies in athletic training as well as physical therapy and occupational therapy. Beginning in fall 2021, students are being encouraged to change their major to Exercise Science and meet with Clare Kost, HPS Department academic advisor and/or an athletic training faculty advisor to discuss their academic and career goals. Students will have access to the courses that CAATE has mandated as prerequisite courses for admittance to master’s level athletic training programs in addition to courses that will introduce them to the many facets of allied health care which will give students a solid foundation as they enter graduate school.  These pre-requisite courses are taken as part of the exercise science major, general studies requirements and electives as necessary.

Students who are currently enrolled in the clinical portion of the Athletic Training program (i.e., assigned to a clinical athletic training site and active in the Typhon clinical tracking system) are NOT affected by this change.  All current clinical athletic training students will have full support to complete their bachelor’s degree to be qualified to take the national Board of Certification examination.

The Athletic Training Program (ATP) prepares students to fulfill the certification requirements set forth by the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) in order to become a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC).

Certified Athletic Trainers function in cooperative environments with physicians and other allied health care professionals in a variety of settings including:

  • Secondary schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Professional and Olympic sports organizations
  • Sports medicine clinics
  • Health clubs
  • Corporate wellness programs
  • Industrial health care programs
  • Athletic training education programs

The Athletic Training Education Program is comprised of intensive theory coursework and extensive clinical education experiences.

Mission:
The professional preparation of athletic training students to be culturally sensitive, evidence-based practitioners who will contribute to the health care needs of a global society.

Program Goal:
The goal of the MSU Denver Athletic Training program is to provide high quality didactic and clinical education for students that prepares them for employment as qualified, competent athletic trainers who, upon graduation, will be able to:

Program Outcome #1:
Students will prove proficiency in all areas related to the educational domains of athletic training.
Measurable student learning objectives:

  1. Students will pass clinical skill assessments and practical exams every semester that pertain to current athletic training clinical competencies.
  2. Students will synthesize and contribute to debate/discussion of contemporary theories regarding health care administration.
  3. Students will demonstrate proficiency in injury/illness recognition, evaluation, diagnosis and treatment.

Program Outcome #2:
Students will communicate effectively (oral and written) with appropriate stakeholders in the athletic training field (e.g.: patients, parents/guardians, health care professionals, etc.)
Measurable student learning objectives:

  1. Students will demonstrate competency in oral communication during clinical rotations when speaking to patients, parents/guardians/ and other healthcare professionals.
  2. Students will document patient encounters using contemporary medical documentation procedures.
  3. Students will participate in inter-professional encounters in didactic and clinical situations.

Program Outcome #3:
Students will find, synthesize and utilize evidence to guide patient care and clinical decision making.
Measurable student objectives:

  1. Students will critically analyze literature and demonstrate the ability to use the information to develop patient treatment plans, policies and procedures.
  2. Students will engage in research where they will formulate a clinical question, gather evidence and present findings to instructors, preceptors and students.

Program Outcome #4:
Students will be prepared to enter the work force or graduate program as a culturally sensitive athletic trainer.
Measurable Student Learning Objectives:

  1. Students will demonstrate professional behaviors during all aspects of the athletic training program.
  2. Students will participate in clinical rotations with culturally-diverse populations.
  3. Students will pass the BOC national exam for athletic training.
  4. Students will either gain employment in athletic training or related field or be admitted to graduate program.

ACCREDITATION

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The Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  The program has earned full accreditation status of ten years and is accredited through 2019.

AT Program Requirements

IMPORTANT NOTICE – Beginning Fall 2020:

For all students enrolling in MSU Denver beginning Fall 2020 or currently majoring in athletic training but have not been formally admitted to the MSU Denver Athletic Training Program, new curriculum and accreditation standards will be implemented in order to maintain compliance with the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

The objective of the Athletic Training Program is the professional preparation of athletic training students qualifying them to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) certification exam. Upon successful completion of the BOC exam, the athletic training graduate may practice as a certified athletic trainer (ATC).

The Athletic Training Program is an extended major within the Department of Human Performance and Sport, which eliminates the need for a minor. Students must meet with either an Athletic Training Faculty advisor or the Human Performance and Sport advisor.

Students interested in pursuing the Athletic Training major must do the following:

> Contact an Athletic Training Program academic or faculty advisor for academic advising and to declare major. Please see: https://www.msudenver.edu/cps/advising/aboutus/advisingcontacts/athletictraining/ for additional information on scheduling an advising appointment

> Complete the following required pre-requisite courses with a grade of “C” or better:

  • BIO 1080: General Biology and BIO 1090: General Biology Lab
  • BIO 2310: Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • HPS 2060: Emergency Rescue/First Responder and CPR
  • PSY 1001: Introductory Psychology
  • PHY 1000: Introduction to Physics
  • CHEM 1010: Chemistry and Society
  • ATP 2220: Foundations of Athletic Health Care

> Earn and maintain a minimum 2.75 Cumulative GPA as well as a minimum 2.75 GPA in all major courses

> Students must apply to the Athletic Training Program during the fall semester with the application being due October 1st. Some pre-requisite courses may be in progress at the time of application, but all pre-requisite courses must be satisfactorily completed at the end of the fall semester of application. Students can request an application via e-mail (https://www.msudenver.edu/hps/contactus/ ) or in-person in the office the Department of Human Performance and Sport: PE Building room 217.

Please note:

> Five semesters are required to complete the Athletic Training Program.

> The five-semester sequence begins only in the spring semester.

> The Athletic Training Program at Metropolitan State University of Denver is a rigorous and intense program that places specific requirements and demands on the student enrolled in the program. An objective of this program is to prepare graduates to enter a variety of employment settings and to render care to a wide spectrum of individuals engaged in physical activity. The technical standards set forth by the Athletic Training Program establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to this program to achieve the knowledge, skills, and competencies of an entry-level athletic trainer, as well as meet the expectations of The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). All students admitted to the Athletic Training Program must meet the following abilities and expectations during the entire time period that they are enrolled in the MSU Denver ATP.

  • The mental capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesize, and integrate concepts and problem-solving to formulate assessment and therapeutic judgments and to be able to distinguish deviations from the norm;
  • Sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, sensory function, and coordination to perform appropriate physical examinations using accepted techniques; and accurately, safely, and efficiently use equipment and materials during the assessment and treatment of patients;
  • The ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and colleagues, including individuals from different cultural and social backgrounds; this includes, but is not limited to, the ability to establish rapport with patients and communicate judgments and treatment information effectively. Students must be able to understand and speak the English language at a level consistent with competent professional practice;
  • The ability to record the physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately;
  • The capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress;
  • The perseverance, diligence, and commitment to complete the athletic training education program as outlined and sequenced;
  • Flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations;
  • Affective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional education and quality patient care.

Equivalent transfer coursework may be considered. All transfer student coursework will be evaluated individually. Only athletic training coursework completed at institutions accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) will be considered for transfer credit into the Athletic Training Program. Transfer credit is not guaranteed.

Additional Requirements for Athletic Training Students

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher, and a major GPA of 2.75 or higher.  If either GPA falls below the minimum, one of the following will occur:

  • The student will be placed on probation and have one academic year to bring the GPA(s) up to the acceptable level while remaining in the course sequence.
  • If the student fails to bring the GPA(s) up to the acceptable after one academic year, the student will be suspended from the major until the GPA minimums are achieved.  The student will then resume coursework in the appropriate sequential semester.

 

Students enrolled and active in the formal clinical sequence of the Athletic Training Program must maintain the following throughout the required six semesters:

  • Carry individual/personal student athletic trainer malpractice/liability insurance in the amount of $1,000,000/$3,000,000*
  • Current CPR certification for the Professional Rescuer that includes AED (preferably through the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association

Candidates for continuation in the Athletic Training Program must demonstrate the following Athletic Training Program technical standards as required by the CAATE:

  1. The mental capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesize, and integrate concepts and problem-solving to formulate assessment and therapeutic judgments and to be able to distinguish deviations from the norm;
  2. Sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, sensory function, and coordination to perform appropriate physical examinations using accepted techniques; and accurately, safely and efficiently use equipment and materials during the assessment and treatment of patients;
  3. The ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and colleagues, including individuals from different cultural and social backgrounds this includes, but is not limited to, the ability to establish rapport with patients and communicate judgments and treatment information effectively.  Students must be able to understand and speak the English language at a level consistent with competent professional practice
  4. The ability to record the physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately;
  5. The capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress;
  6. The perseverance, diligence, and commitment to complete the Athletic Training Program as outlined and sequenced;
  7. Flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations;
  8. Affective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional education and quality patient care.

AT Course Requirements

The Athletic Training Program is an extended major, so Athletic Training students are not required to complete a minor.

If your catalog year is not 2019-2020, you will want to visit the University Catalog for an accurate listing of major requirements specific for your catalog year.  You may also visit the Catalog to learn more about the program, course prerequisites, and other degree requirements. The University Catalog can be found HERE.

AT Course Requirements

Athletic Training Faculty

Chris Odell Headshot

Chris Odell, Ph.D., LAT ATC

Professor

Athletic Training

[email protected]
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Jennifer Huseman, EdD, LAT, ATC

Clinical Education Coordinator

Athletic Training

Department of Human Performance and Sport

Email: [email protected] l Phone: 303-615-1818

Department of Human Performance and Sport

Main Office Location:
Physical Education/Event Center (PE) 217

Mailing Address:
PO Box 173362
Campus Box 25
Denver, CO 80202